Friday, September 15, 2006

Pride of Baghdad


In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation — can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?

Read this graphic novel a couple of days ago, and it's a real classic -- possibly the best original graphic novel I've ever read. Rather than go on about it, I'll point you to a couple of podcast interviews with PRIDE writer Brian K. Vaughan:

At NPR (on Pride of Baghdad); at USA Today's Pop Candy (on Y: the Last Man).

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